The Social Science Department aims to give students an appreciation & understanding of the environment in which they live, based on events in the past, the present & the future.
Year 9 & 10:
Students will study a variety of topics under the headings of Place, People, Culture and Events. These will be drawn from a range of local, national and global settings and aim to give students an understanding of the world they are part of. There is also a strong focus on an awareness of Current Events and skills used in Social Sciences
Year 11 Geography:
Two external examination topics are studied in Year 11 Geography: Extreme Natural Events (flooding) & Geographic skills. Internally assessed work is completed on Sustainable use of an environment, geographic research, the use of computer software to solve geographic problems, & a geographic topic on a global scale.
Year 11 History:
The focus both externally & internally in Year 11 History is New Zealand in the twentieth century. Including such topics as WWI, Spanish Influenza, The Great Depression, WWII, New Zealand’s search for security & nuclear testing.
Year 12 Geography:
Two external examination topics are studied in Year 12 Geography: A Large Natural Environment, & Geographic Skills. Internally assessed work looks at Urban Patterns, a contemporary geographic issue, a global study and geographic research. A three day field trip to Mount Cook also assists students with their external examination topic as well as providing an opportunity for students to conduct their Geographic Research using the Twizel River.
Year 12 History:
The focus both externally & internally in Year 12 History is political change in the twentieth century. Two broad topics will cover both the Cold War and the Arab Israeli conflict, with an internal focus on the September 11 Terrorist attack.
Year 13 Geography:
In preparation for tertiary study, students are exposed to both Human & Physical Geography. One external examination topic is studied where students investigate Tourism Development in Queenstown and the impacts of this. Internally assessed work is completed on a global topic, current geographic issue, event planning and decision making as well as geographic research. Two field trips are included in the course, one to Queenstown to assist with the external topic as well as an introduction to the Winter Festival which students use for their event planning internal. The other trip is Tautuku, which helps students with the research topic where we look at temperature variation along the Tautuku Bush track.
Year 13 History:
The external focus in Year 13 History is New Zealand in the nineteenth century. Broad topics include; early contact period, Treaty of Waitangi, European settlement, economic, political & social change. Internally assessed work is completed on historical research (Otago Goldfields) & a contested event (strategic bombing in WWII). A field trip to the Central Otago Goldfields helps students complete their internal research assessment.
Mr M Beeby – HOD
Mr J Palmer – Assistant HOD
Miss H Sim
Mr D Thomas
Mrs H Williams